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Preview: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Nintendo Switch)

by on October 18, 2019

Editor’s Note:  GameOctane writer Ryan Welch was provided a review code from the publisher.  The review embargo is up November 5th, 2019.  In the meantime, here is a quick preview of what to expect with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020!

Is it that time of year already?  With practically every Olympic Games comes a brand new entry into the Mario & Sonic party franchise.  It has been a long time since I played one of these party games.  Usually, it’s the same type of thing over and over.  You take control of your favorite Mario and Sonic characters and compete for Olympic glory.  However, something is different about this current game.  Something that grabbed my attention as I started playing.  That attention grabber is the inclusion of 2D and 3D competitions.

As you may have seen in the trailer (which you can check out below), the game includes retro versions of popular Olympic events.  It makes sense from a story standpoint.  Bowser and Dr. Eggman put together a plan to trap our heroes in a video game version of the ’64 Olympics.  Of course, things don’t go as planned, and our villains are trapped in the same game as Mario and Sonic.  It’s up to Mario and Sonic’s friends to get them out!

I don’t want to go into too many spoilers until the game is fully reviewed, but I will say that the story mode expertly mixes up the 2D and 3D competitions.  It’s important because there are more 3D games than 2D.  Of course, you can pick and choose which matches to have when you are not in story mode.  But if you want a single-player experience, then you will have the opportunity to compete in many 2D and 3D events.  The retro gamer inside me enjoyed the 2D events a great deal.  However, the 3D events offer a lot of entertainment as well.

Another pleasant surprise so far is the level of difficulty with some of the games.  Some games, like the 100m dash and skateboarding, use minimal button inputs in order to compete.  Other games, like gymnastics and high dive, involve complicated button inputs that require expert timing.  You want to hit the sequences at the exact time it requires.  This is the Olympics after all, so you want to do your very best.  And your very best requires high scores, which are achieved with exact button inputs.

When the review hits on November 5th, I’ll go into more detail about each sport and how well they are received in the multiplayer setting.  I can tell you right now that there is plenty of variety in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.  And with my young family (my kids are 10 and under), we have had a blast playing together as a family.  The regular games are fun, but there is a lot of fun to be had in the Dream Events.  Dream Events are hyper-realized versions of racing, shooting, and karate events.  I will go into detail in my review, but here is the trailer that gives you a glimpse of what to expect –

You can read more information about Mario & Sonic on their official website here.

Thank you so much to our friends at Sega for this opportunity to review Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020!  Again, our final review will be live on November 5th, 2019.  If you have questions about the game or want something specifically mentioned in the review, let us know in the comments!

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